Job Title: Housing Specialist-Section 8
Classification/Grade: Non-Exempt/Grade 6
Site/Program: Housing Services
Reports To: Corporate Director of Housing
Approved Date: September 1, 2011
The Housing Specialist for Housing Services program. Responsibilities includes but not limited to: outreach and screening potential candidates for Section 8 / Shelter Plus Care; overseeing/conducting the application process including tracking of outcomes; ensuring the appropriate match of supportive services; conducting housing search, placement and follow-up with case managers.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Screens referrals/applicants for Shelter Plus Care, Homeless Section 8 program eligibility requirements, including certification of homelessness and verification of disabilities.
· Conducts housing search and relocation services for all program participants.
· Builds library or list of open / available apartment units for section 8 consumers program to assist all candidates in obtaining permanent housing. i.e. property management, private landlords, realtors.
· Researches and develops housing library or list of open / available apartment units for emergency/transitional shelters to assist all candidates in obtaining housing placement.
· Secures financial move in assistance such as security deposits, rental assistance, and eviction prevention for all housing program clients.
· Collects program data to assist with the completion and submission of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annual progress reports.
· Maintains compliance according to HUD regulations, Clinics’ guidelines and program requirements.
· Conducts unit pre inspections, quarterly site visits and annual inspections in accordance and compliance with HUD regulations.
· Provides landlord/tenant mediation services. i.e. eviction prevention, mutual termination agreements, conflict resolution.
· Assists staff with coordination of quarterly social events as required.
· Completes Continuing Day Treatment (CDT) data entry and charting/documentation expectations within the timelines established by the Program for service delivery per Agency requirements and provides services consistent with program needs pursuant to funding source directives, Pacific Clinics’ protocol and HIPAA compliance requirements.
· Monitors and maintains chart compliance in accordance with HUD regulations, Clinics’ and department policy.
· Completes and submits client service match, quarterly progress, status change and housing reports as required.
· Facilitates workshops / trainings and meetings related to section 8 / shelter plus care regulations and application process.
· Assists housing staff to ensure that the housing department is in compliance with HUD regulations and Clinics’ guidelines.
· Attends and participates in staff meetings to provide input towards program development and staff training.
· Reports all client mental health issues to Treatment/Housing teams in a timely manner, to troubleshoot and coordinate appropriate supportive services for clients and program benefit.
· Interacts with other internal programs, clinical/support staff and external sources such as school or community personnel as applicable.
· Responsible for reporting to work on time and maintaining reliable attendance in accordance with Agency policy.
· Models Pacific Clinics’ approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence.
· Communicates effectively in a culturally competent and diverse consumer population and promotes favorable interaction with managers, co-workers and others.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE/POSITION REQUIREMENTS :
· An Associate degree in a mental health related field or one (1) year of related experience with case management services, housing, homeless and mentally ill populations, highly preferred.
· demonstrated experience and ability to relate to a culturally diverse clientele and staff.
· A bilingual skill in the appropriate language for the Clinics’ clients is highly preferred.
· Must be able to work under minimal supervision.
· Possess Strong community outreach skills.
· Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
· Strong paperwork and documentation skills.
· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, clients, and community agencies.
· Effectively coordinate housing activities in multiple service sites both within the agency and in the community.
· Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record under the Clinics' liability policy.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand or sit. The employee is required to use hands to produce records and/or documentation in manual or electronic format. The employee must possess ability to ensure significant communication with the Clinics’ community members. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally move or lift up to 10 pounds.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Community outreach and local business travel is required.